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johnson, cbs news, the white house. >>> meanwhile three u.s. senators are in afghanistan this morning, john mccain, joe lieberman and lindsey graham, they say they're worried president obama's plan to draw down u.s. troops could help the insurgents. joel brown is in washington on that. happy fourth of july, good morning to you. >> happy independence day to you. they say this is a perception problem. the senators believe too many afghans see president obama's plan for a drawdown see this as a sign the u.s. is quitting on afghanistan. they say that perception is a dangerous one. key senators are raising doubts about president obama's withdrawal plan for afghanistan. >> it is an unnecessary risk. >> i really do worry this may have undercut the momentum. i hope i'm wrong. >> reporter: in kabul sunday, republican senators john mccain and lindsey graham called the strategy too risky and say it could put both american troops and the plan in jeopardy. the plan calls for pulling out 10,000 troops by the end of this year with another 23,000 gone by the end of next summer. >> i hope that it will
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as commander of the u.s. forces in afghanistan. he met with american troops in the war zone, and just two weeks before heading home to take on his new job as cia director, he spoke one on one with nbc about america's mission. >> happy fourth of july to all of you. >> reporter: it's his eighth fourth of july in a combat zone, but the last in uniform for general david petraeus. he spent the day visiting some of the thousands of u.s. troops stationed in afghanistan. a farewell tour for a general many consider a rock star who found himself asking these tough as nails troops to just relax. >> the best way to relax is to put your hands in your pockets. that means you right there. go ahead. in fact, i'll put nem in my pockets, too, here. >> reporter: credited with helping turn the iraq war around, petraeus was tapped by president obama a year ago to do the same in afghanistan. he admits it it hasn't been easy. >> i never felt we could flip afghanistan the way we were able to flip iraq. >> reporter: a tough situation, but he insists not hopeless. >> the situation here is very hard without question. it
old and treating american soldiers in afghanistan. mandy clark will have his story. >> this is the captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell. >> mitchell: and good evening. nearly two months after her trial began the case of casey anthony is et is to be in the hands of the jury tomorrow. closing arguments took place today and anthony, a 25-year-old single mother accused of killing her two-year-old daughter three years ago could face the death penalty if convicted. cbs news "48 hours" mystery correspondent troy roberts has been covering the case and has the latest. >> reporter: for three years casey anthony has fought the notion that she killed her own child caylee. >> mama, papa. >> reporter: in 2008 caylee was a spirited two-year-old girl. then a missing person. and a murder victim. casey was her 22-year-old single mom who raised caylee with her grandparents cindy and george, all living together under one roof. but in june 2008 casey abruptly left home with caylee. the family did not see caylee for a month. >> i found out my gran
the secret service is looking at who made up the fake hoax. >>> the american troops in afghanistan are spending independence day waiting to come home. three senate heavyweights are now questioning president obama's troop pull out plan. >> key senators are raising doubts about president obama's withdrawal plan for afghanistan. >> it is an unnecessary risk. >> i really do worry that this may have undercut the momentum, i hope i'm wrong. >> reporter: john mccain and lindsay gram call the strategy too risky. and said it could put both american troops and the mission in jeopardy. the plan which the president unveiled last month calls for pulling out 10,000 troops by the end of this year with another 23,000 gone by the end of next summer. >> i hope it will work out but it is certainly deprives us of the necessary troops we needed for the second fighting season. >> reporter: but the obama administration is standing by its plan saying success is on the ground, especially the killing of osama bin laden has made it possible. >> al-qaida is under more pressure than at any time since 9/11. >>
. in afghanistan, a group of american soldiers took this day to reenlist. america's 235th birthday. a day to stand up and be proud, even if you're sitting down. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> if you plan to celebrate the 4th here in d.c., here's the lineup for tonight. the capital 4th concert will begin at 8:00. the fireworks kick off around 9:15. we'll have a live report on that. that's coming up in our next half hour. the smithsonian metro station and most roads around the mall will be closed. so you might want to give yourself plenty of time to get there. you can also go to nbc washington.com for more details. >>> a day at the beach came to an early and abrupt halt at sandy point state park in maryland today. authorities say a young boy draund drowned after disappearing in the water. elaine reyes has more on what went wrong. >> reporter: at sandy point state park, the sights and sounds of summer are everywhere. on this july 4th holiday, there's also tragedy. >> there were some people with some earphones -- headphones, like scanning the water and everything. they had mentioned that some
. and in afghanistan, a group of american soldiers took this day to reenlist. general david petraeus is about to become the next cia director, and was there to say goodbye and thanks. >> and america can never thank you enough. >> reporter: america's 235th birthday. a day to stand up and be proud, even if you're sitting down. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> there's another celebration today at the white house. it's malia's birthday. she turned 13. >> she will celebrate tonight with hundreds of troops and their families as they attend a special barbecue and a u.s. concert on the south lawn. malia's younger sister, sasha, turned 10, last month. >>> vice president joe biden made his mark on the world of twitter today. the vp sent out his first tweet just past 11:30 this morning. it read, vp and doctor b, hope you take time to think about our troops and military families this independence day. happy july 4th from ovp, joining forces. dr. b refers to his wife jill. biden's user name is @vp, all part of an increasing focus on social media. on wednesday, president obama is expected to hold the white hou
, a visit to the truth troops, lawmakers visit afghanistan. >>> a royal welcome, crowds greet will and kate as they visit prince edward island. >> will there be some weather worries on our holiday? marty has the answer next. ,,,,, >>> it's deliberation day for the jury charged with deciding if casey anthony committed murder. they've been sequestered for six weeks and are hearing final arguments from the prosecution before meeting to figure out their verdict. karen brown reports for wjz now from orlando. >> casey anthony's fate will soon be in the hands of the jury. jurors must discoid if the 25- year-old murdered her 2-year- old daughter caylee. this morning they heard prosecutors present their rebuttal to the defense's closing arguments. >> our position is that the facts in this case show beyond a reasonable doubt that this was a premeditated murder of a young child. >> prosecutor jeff ashton first focused on the case's forensic evidence trying to convince jurors that casey anthony killed her daughter more than three years ago by covering her face with duct tape. >> that tape had to have b
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for the freedoms we all enjoy. they include, of course, those who have died in iraq and afghanistan. in tonight's "making a difference" report, we meet an exceptional group of women who have lost their husbands or fiances in those wars, and have joined forces now to help themselves heal and to embrace life. nbc's peter alexander has their story. >> ready, set, go! >> reporter: they are fun-loving and fearless. a brave group of women with something else in common, too. they are all military widows. who lost their loved ones in iraq and afghanistan. taryn davis was 21 when her husband, michael, was killed by a roadside bomb in iraq in 2007. >> one of the last things i said to him was i love you more than life itself. >> reporter: living without michael is an everyday struggle. >> when i went out into the world i just felt like they didn't want to embrace who i was. which was a military widow. and in the back of my mind, i'm thinking, that title, it symbolizes my husband's sacrifice and my own. and if i can get through it, maybe one day it can signify my survival. >> reporter: to help her own heal
halfway around the world. ♪ >> soldiers stationed in southeastern corner of afghanistan stopped to celebrate independence day. they took part in the flag raising so marty about -- ceremony complete with military ban. >>> meanwhile a massive manhunt for a service members missing in southern afghanistan. afghan police say a british soldier has been captured. the taliban is claiming the fighters captured and killed the service member but there's no immediate conference that -- confirmation. there is an extensive operation to find a soldier. >>> fox news confirming it that the hacker broke into the news sites twitter account this morning. the politics account reported the death of president obama. they send out a series of tweets this morning claiming the president had been assassinated in ottawa. fox news says it is investigating. the messages went out to more than 34,000 followers. >>> following breaking news this noon from orlando florida. that is where the jury in the casey anthony murder trial has just gotten the case and is beginning its deliberation. earlier today, prosecuto
stepson is a marine. and he's over in afghanistan, so we're just waiting for him to get home. >> floats and vehicles of all kinds. >> i'm driving around on the fourth of july in the middle of dc. life couldn't be better. >> many options to cool off. including some unusual ice cream from dallas. >> a chilly flavored ice cream bar. oh my gosh. after the parade, people headed over to the smithsonian folk festival where columbia was showcased. the music was hot, the food was spicey. and throughout the celebration, folks did not forget the true meaning of a fourth of july. >> freedom. as simple as that. >> and those rain drops that we told you about have diminished somewhat, but there are folks out here with umbrellas. but again, we're about two hours away from the fireworks. so we could still have a rain- free fourth of july. we'll have to keep our fingers crossed. reporting live, i'm armando trull, back to you. > thanks very much. have some fun out there. this july 4, more than 24,000 people became u.s. citizens in 3 r50 ceremonies. that includes 100 people in mt. vernon from afghanist
serve as a hub for material going to and from afghanistan. despite president obama's decision to speed up american troop withdrawal from afghanistan, there are no plans to close the base. >> president obama say some will drawdown, but there will be troops in afghanistan and for the foreseeable future we're here supporting efforts in afghanistan. >>> well, the secret service has a pilot -- says a pilot accidentally steered his small plane into the restricted airspace near camp david. president obama was at a heavally-guarded retreat yesterday afternoon when an f- 15 fighter jet intercepted that plane. authorities tried to contact the pilot via radio, but he didn't respond. the pilot was met by law enforcement when he landed at a maryland airport. the secret service has a philadelphia police officer to thank for finding a missing presidential seal. the seal, like this one seen here, fall off the presidential limousine during a visit to philadelphia last week turns out the seals are not painted on, but rather magnetic stickers. the secret service retraced the motorcade's route, but could
, including an alleged planner of u.s. embassy bombing in africa. al-qaeda's top leader in afghanistan. and most recently, kashmiri, operational commander was reportedly killed in pakistan. at the recent news conference, the president insisted gaining intelligence remained the priority. >> that mitigates against this danger that you are suggesting that our main goal is going to be to kill the individuals as opposed to potentially capturing them. >> with no new high-value captures, some say intelligence a long-term casualty. >> because of the reluck tance of the administration, you have pushed this program to an area where you either have to kill someone or let them go. >> just last week, the obama administration said that the cornerstone of the new counterterrorism strategy is surgical strife. the upcoming campaign in yemen and somalia is similar if not identical to the drone campaign of tribal areas of pakistan. >> shannon: thank you. >> you're welcome. >> shannon: lawyer for french lovellis novelist says sl fire criminal complaint tuesday accusing dominique strauss-kahn of rain. she
.s. senators making very high profile visits to afghanistan today. how they're raising doubts about president obama's exit strategy in that company and more confusion about whether cell phones actually cause cancer. what new research found about the radiation risk. >>> and a child survives a ten story plunge from a balcony. the incredible way a stranger stepped in to save her. >>> travel forecast time if you must get out we've got sunny skies, clear conditions at sfo. 79 degrees there. just beautiful in the bay area. travel across the country you'll run into a few clouds but i think okay as we head in towards chicago. looking at 81, pretty comfortable there with partly cloudy skies. continuing on toward the eastern seaboard it's going to get hot in spots. new york looking at a temperature of 90 today and partly cloudy. more on your local weather coming right up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, >>> welcome back. 4:48 now. three prominent senators in afghanistan today. their plan to meet with the president there. joel brown tells us each of the senators is expressing concerns about the white house's plan to d
troops on the fourth of july. we'll go live to afghanistan to see what our troops are thinking about this fourth of july so far from home. >>> she's just been named military spouse of the year. that's saying a lot. we'll talk to her live right after the break. >>> this is cw2 christopher holaday from washington. say hi to my family. an accident doesn't have to slow you down. with better car replacement available only with liberty mutual auto insurance, if your car's totaled, we give you the money for a car one model year newer. to learn more, visit us today. responsibility. what's your policy? ♪ you are my sunshine ♪ my only sunshine ♪ you makes me happy ♪ when skies are grey ♪ you'll never know, dear ♪ how much i love you ♪ please don't take my sunshine away ♪ [ male announcer ] as long as there are babies, they'll be chevy's to bring them home. ♪ is actually finding choices the whole family will love. five flavors of chex are gluten-free, including the honey nut flavor. and it's nice for me to be able to say "yes" to something that they want to eat. [ male announc
. they will have their independence day and all around the world, not just in iraq and afghanist afghanistan, we have our troops and we have many civilians that protect our embassies and try to bring freedom and a better way of life around the world and their courage, bravery and professionalism inspires me and i wish them the very best. >> well said. medications and drinking water to those around the world. dana, always great to see you. happy fourth of july. thanks so much for joining us. >> bye-bye, everybody. >> bye. >> we just showed you the closing arguments from the casey anthony trial. which side has the best chance to win? two attorneys are duking it out when we come back. >> and who should be able to honor the victims of september 11th? local union tries putting restrictions on a parade float. we'll explain that. >> i'm brian allen in iraq. i'd like to wish my family a happy fourth of july in texas many i love you and miss you very much. sweetie i think you need a little extra fiber in your diet. carol. fiber makes me sad. oh common. and how can you talk to me about fiber while you a
barnard has more. >> reporter: in nearly 10 years of war in afghanistan and in iraq, more than 6100 u.s. service men and women lost their lives. multiply that countless times by the loved ones they leave behind. now a love story lending two of those families rising from the ashes of heartbreaking sadness. beneath the towering air force memorial overlooking the nation's capitol, on board the bus, appears a white stretch limo and in it, two families discard by war. >> chris picked the 4th. he tells me i'm his 4th of july. he picked the 4th and the location. >> i'm charming that way. >> yes, he is. >> reporter: it's the wedding of air force master sergeant chris and his bride danielle. in attendance, her two and his three which were. this -- and three children. >> it's not just about danielle and i coming together, but two families coming together. we have been through amazing tragedy. >> reporter: in danielle's bouquet of flowers, two photographs of spouses they lost in war. >> this is another way for me to have them with me and be a part of the day. >> reporter: air force technical ser
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>>> more than 20% of soldiers returning from afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. a new research suggests that one way to combat the symptoms lies within the mind. >> 27-year-old david george was deployed to iraq and sleeping in his caught when a car bomb exploded 25 yards away. >> i turned the lights on and i saw a white cloud that billowed into the room. all the windows were blown out at that point. then i started screaming. >> since then, he has struggled with ptsd. he is often anxious, angry, and oppressed. >> i was pretty sure i would shoot myself. >> when he came back, he was not the boy that i raised pit >> medications and therapy did not tell. but then he joined a steady four vets with ptsd using transcendental meditation a practice involving repeating a mantra. >> from then on, i knew what i would do for the rest of my life. it made me feel. it was the greatest sense that i lost. >> it has been published in this month's "military medicine." >> it has a 50% reduction in symptoms. >> he says that transcendental meditation settles down nervous systems. >> people be
today. u.s. mission in afghanistan, three united states senators are in country and criticizing the president's plan for it. here's joel brown with the latest. >> reporter: key senators are raising doubts about the withdrawal plan. this may have undercut the momentum. i hope i'm wrong. >> reporter: they called the plan too risky. the plan, which the president unveiled calls for pulls out 10,000 troops by the end of this year and 23,000 gone by next summer. >> i hope it will work out. it's certainly depriving us that we needed for the second fighting season. >> reporter: the obama administration is standing by the plans. especially, the killing of osama bin laden have made it possible. al-queda is under more pressure than since any time sense 9/11. >> reporter: stilling the deadly raid shows insurgents aren't willing to go quietly. >> if we don't succeed, we'll be attacked again. >> reporter: while the debate continues, american troops are carrying on with their mission and preparing to hand security back to the afghan people. the draw down will begin this month. in washington, j
tonight. 6:07 your time. three u.s. senators in afghanistan today. the crucial meeting about plans to bring our troops back home. >>> plus six weeks of testimony and now wrapping up in the casey anthony trial. why the prosecution will have the final word on this 4th of july. >>> and an amazing story of survival. the quick action one woman took after seeing a child dangle from a tenth floor balcony. ,,,, sure, pulling the mold, mildew, and grime from out of the porous caverns of grout takes the right tools, but it also takes a gentle, caring touch. before you can deep clean, you learn to get a feel for its trouble spots. and hey, if you can't listen to grout, you can't truly know its wants...its needs...its dreams. ♪call 1-800-steemer. mmm. oh gosh. oh dear. big deal. you're delicious. so what. i've got news for you. there's no such thing... ...as a bear sheriff. you think i'm afraid of you? hey what? you don't have to be mean to the cake. i do. you don't. i do. just eat yoplait light. they have great flavors like... boston cream pie, raspberry cheesecake. even though i work here,
withes raised concerns about their star witness. petraeus in kandahar afghanistan told him they exhibit the most yuaningful display of patism possible. he plans the withdrawal of 33,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan by september 2012. hugo chavez made a surprise return home. he's been in havana cuba for several weeks after undergoing emergency surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. former secretary of state condoleezza rice attended today's unveiling ceremony and remarked on the special relationship between the u.s. and britain. margaret thatcher paid tribute. >> they've got a statute and we've got an airport. probably some other things named after him, too. thanks so much for that. the housing crisis have been so painful for so many americans it can be even harder for american families. troops ordered to relocate can face massive losses on the homes they've been forced to leave behind. >> packing up and moving out. this is montgomery's 15th time for the military. but this time it's different as he makes his move to virginia, the financial burden of his north las vegas home will be. co-ing w
at the air base turned transit center for troops in afghanistan got a taste of home with a holiday cookout yesterday complete with hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. on board overseas, protecting our independence the troops also enjoyed games, live music, and, of course, fireworks, all to celebrate the fourth. and a little bit of what is that salsa? >> i don't know. whatever it is, it doesn't matter. it's fun. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today, on your nbc station. >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning, everyone. we had some big storms around last night. we have some sprinkles left behind. let's look of the current conditions. partly cloudy skies. temperatures in the low 70's. 71 at the airport. a mixture of sunshine and clouds on this fourth of july. a slight chance for some thunderstorms. the best chance would be latest in the day. upper 80's and low 90's. we will check the seven-day forecast in just a few minutes. >> thank you. 71 degrees on tv hill. how close all lawmakers to reaching an
of soldiers were sent to afghanistan as part of the surge. >>> for a look at morning road conditions on this holiday. flooding could cause problems on i-95 from d.c. into the carolinas. stormy along i-10 from houston to tallahassee. wet along i-90 in the dakotas. >> if you're flying, airport delays are possible, atlanta, miami, charlotte, memphis, st. louis, minneapolis, phoenix and las vegas. >> all over the place. >>> lot of fireworks displays are canceled in the south and southwest this fourth of july >> the reason, hot, dry weather, which means potentially dangerous fire conditions. >> reporter: canceled fireworks displays. all made worse by murderous heat and drought. dangerous temps over 110 scorched the southwest. a record 118 in phoenix. the mississippi valley right up to chicago, where these misting units were set up. in the nation's capital, they cooled off in public pools. get this on crystal mountain in washingtoning state, so much snow pack this week, they're celebrating the summer's hottest holiday on skis. >> loft tank tops. sunglasses. people are having a great time.
david petraeus is spending his last independence day as u.s. commander in afghanistan at a re-enlistment ceremony in kandahar province today. he was confirmed to become the director of cia last week. >>> one more thing to be proud of the u.s. special olympics team and new cache of gold medals in athens, team usa celebrates the closing ceremonies of those games today. >>> it is now 7:09. back to savannah, willie, and maria. big congratulations to all of them. >> great to see that. al has the morning off. let's get the weather from the weather channel's maria la rosa. >> here at home, the weather is quiet, at least for now. as we head into the afternoon, a few widely scattered showers and thunderstorms. otherwise, partly cloudy. >>> willie, back to you. >> maria, thanks. >>> new details this morning about the apparent unraveling of the sexual assault case against former imf chief dominick strauss-kahn. this just days after he was suddenly released from house arrest. nbc's jeff rossen is with us with more. jeff, good morning. >> willie, good morning to you. he really hit the town
the true meaning of independence day. ♪ the soldiers in the southeastern corner of afghanistan took part in a flag-raising ceremony, complete with a military band. they were sent to afghanistan as part of president obama's troop surge. they're due to return home next month. >>> the sacrifice so many have made in the fight for freedom a stark indication this morning that more americans are unaware of the very origins of this holiday. listen to this. a new poll finds that 42% of americans don't know the u.s. declared independence, 1776, folks, and 24% don't know that we declared independence from the british. >> come on. >> most of them said they could not remember which country. >> i categorically cannot accept that. >> there you go. >> unbelievable. >> i would be curious to see what country they would pick. >> everything but britain. >> unbelievable.. >>> unbelievable. although this is of course, independence day, fourth of july. we're desperate for one day of great weather. we turn to you, stephanie roberts, from our great tampa station, wfds, in today for sam. for the very latest. step
just go to our web site and look under see it on tv. >> and u.s. troops in southeastern afghanistan celebrated with a flag raising ceremony. it may be the last july 4th spent in afghanistan. the draw down of u.s. troops is set to begin. president obama ordered reduction of 10,000 by the end of the year and another 23,000 by september, 2012. some leaders say the withdrawal plan is more aggressive than anticipated. >> sarah showered began a hunger strike to protest the continued detention of two fellow uc berkeley alumni. they were arrested almost two years ago hiking along the border. and the release on bail last year, she announced she'd not return to stand trial. bower and fattal's trials were set to begin at the end of the month. uc werkly -- berkeley alumni will take turns fasting to demand the release. >>> a group of canadian activists attempting to sail through the sea blockade were blocked from leaving a greek port today this, is the second time that a boat belonging to the flotilla was turned back. on friday, the greek coast guard and commandos stopped the boat from leaving a
in america. verizon. built so you can rule the air. now powering the lg revolution. >>> afghanistan could once again become a haven for al-qaeda should the taliban ever return to power there. that is according to the top u.s. commander in afghanistan general david petraeus. as you may know, later this month general petraeus will be stepping down from his role to head the cia and in an interview with fox the general said the military has had a lot of success eradicating militants but cautioned that the job is not over. >> that task has been accomplished but, of course, it is threatened because, of course, the taliban allowed al-qaeda on afghan soil when it ran the country and we believe that there is a high likelihood that that would happen again. >> the general has also said that the military focus will soon shift from taliban strongholds to the boarder with pakistan. >>> capture or kill. that reportedly is the question the obama administration is internally debating when it comes to what to do about wanted terrorists. we all know capturing suspects in the mountains of pakistan or in yeme
" reported last year by jason carroll. he's back in afghanistan with one of those soldiers, sergeant randy shorter. >> sergeant shorter was part of the surge who arrived last august. his one-year mission is nearly complete. jason is live from shirr rana in the northeastern part of afghanistan. happy fourth of july to you, nice to see you. >> and happy fourth of july to you. i'm going to bring in randy shorter right now. i have to tell you, we now have to refer to him as first sergeant randy shorter because he's since been promoted since the last time the two of us were together. let me bring you in here now. tell us about, what was it september, august, the last time i was with you guys? >> tell me what the past several months have been like? the taliban has been exerting its influence in the area. how has it been for you? >> for me and my men it's been quite busy. getting out there, getting after it. we've been steadily, you know, helping the afghan people here. we've been promoting a lot of projects, a lot of schools, getting out there every day. >> also, congratulations on that promotio
with the troops in afghanistan before he changes jobs. he is leaving as top commander there to become the director of the c.i.a. today he's making two speeches to u.s. service personnel during reenlistment ceremonies. one speech in and hear he told troops they have achieved great progress but that much work remains. >>> it is now known what caused one of the biggest wild fires in new mexico's history. fire officials say a tree falling onto a power line sparked the fire that erupted on june 26 in los alamos. so far the fire spread to 189 square miles. it is only 19% contained. authorities have now allowed about 12,000 residents to return to their homes. >>> mayor of a southern philippine city is literally fighting for the poor in her town. she claimed the sheriff ignored her request to delay the demolition of homes so she punched him several times and it was caught on tape. the demolition would forcibly remove 217 families from their homes. the sheriff was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries. tough times. >>> 5:48 now. new questions about cell phones and cancer and their connection
airborne division. >> this particular group of soldiers was sent to afghanistan as part of the surge. due to return home next month. >>> now for a look at morning road conditions on this holiday. flooding could cause problems on i-95 from d.c. into the carolinas. it could be stormy along i-10 from houston to tallahassee. wet along i-90 in the dakotas. and minnesota. >> and if you're flying, airport delays are possible in atlanta, miami, charlotte, memphis, st. louis, minneapolis, phoenix and las vegas. apparently a tough day for travel. look out. >> all over the place. >>> lot of fireworks displays are canceled in the south and southwest this fourth of july. >> the reason, hot, dry weather, which means potentially dangerous fire conditions. here's abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: wild fires like this monster still burning near los alamos county. one reason, all of the way to s dia, canceled fireworks displays. all made worse by murderous heat and drought. dangerous temps of over 110 scorched the southwest. a record 118 in phoenix. and temps 100-plus bake in california. the mississippi vall
boettcher in eastern afghanistan with some troops marking their last holiday away before coming home and they have very simple wishes about who and what it is they want to see first when they get here. mike? >> reporter: david, it's another windy, dustyay ar forward operating base shahrana where soldiers from the 101st airborne have spent the past year, they missed labor day, thanksgiving, christmas, easter and memorial day. and now, there is one last holiday to get through before they go home, the fourth of july. >> blackjack where you at? >> reporter: this unit has a rich history, 101st airborne named a band of brothers during world war ii. today they took a break. knowing that home is coming soon. they can picture it. what do you miss most about home on fourth of july? >> believe it or not, my grill. >> good barbecue. >> sierra madre has a fourth of july parade every year and it's cool. everybody in the town comes out. a lot of fun. so, that's what i miss this year. >> miss the lake, definitely. green grass. that's my -- >> real ground. >> i miss my mama. >> reporter: on this day
and lindsay graham and together on fox news sunday from kabul, afghanistan, graham taking issue with the aggressive troop withdrawal timetable. >> it is seen as an effort to withdraw rather than transition. you hope and pray this works out well. it came at a critical time. >> if we don't succeed here and the taliban comes back into power, we'll be attacked again and there could be no greater threat to our security and our freedom, the freedom that we celebrate on july 4th. >> reporter: melanie alnwick, fox 5 news. >>> as house lawmakers resume tomorrow, the "washington post" is reporting that the republican leadership has done away with bills that honor symbolic gestures including ones in the past which had declared the bald eagle an inspiring symbol. last year, the house passed more than 250 such bills. the gop says they distract from the real work of congress. >>> two local amusement parks are paying tribune another to military families this holiday. kings dominion and six flags america are offering free admission to active duty and retired military personnel today. family mem
else in common, too. they are all military widows who lost their loved ones in iraq and afghanistan. taryn davis was just 21 when her husband, michael, was killed by a roadside bomb in iraq in 2007. >> one of the last things i said to him was "i love you more than life itself." >> reporter: living without michael is an everyday struggle. >> when i went out into the world, i just felt like they didn't want to embrace, you know, who i was, which was a military widow. and in the back of my mind i'm thinking, that title, it symbolizes my husband's sacrifice and my own. and if i can get through it, you know, maybe one day it can signify my survival. >> reporter: to help her own healing taryn began reaching out to other widows. but talking alone wasn't enough. soon taryn started organizing events like parasailing, surfing, even swimming with dolphins, to bring this courageous group of women together in what she called the american widow project. >> i found myself laughing and smiling for the first time. and i look around, and here's a group of extraordinary women who know the level of pai
on coney island. american warriors got a hearty welcome home. in afghanistan, in a group of american soldiers took this day to reenlist. general david petraeus is about to become the new cia director and he was there to say goodbye and thank you. >> america can never thank you enough. >> americas 235th birthday. >> a big welcome home at the airport as 238 service members returned home. [applause] >> we were there as family and friends greeted at loved ones. volunteers have greeted more than 500 flights. you can help us honor your loved ones by sharing the photographs and videos access -- at wbaltv.com. >> good day to come home. if your prescriptions are filled electronically, it may be prone to mistakes. >> and medication known to help women with gastrointestinal problems can help with another problem. >> a quick and easy way to treat sun burn. >> it would not be the fourth of july without the annual parade. >> a new study shows a computer- generated medical prescriptions have as many errors as those written by hand. it was created to help prevent the mistakes that affect millions of
are marking independence there around the world. this is the scene today in afghanistan. service members played -- raised the military flag while ban members play. general patraeus was meeting with troops in canada are. he will become the next director of the cia. a special celebration of 100 people in mount vernon. >> they are celebrating as brand-new american citizens. >> he is about to take a live changing step. >> i have always wanted to be a citizen of the u.s. >> today, 100 candidates from 41 countries became american citizens. including a 21-year-old army specialist just back from iraq. his dad came here from bolivia 20 years ago. the family now lives in alexandria. he passed his test in six and english. >> we want them to know not to stories, but the meaning of them. >> under oath they renounce allegiance to their old country and swore loyalty to their new. >> congratulations, your america's newest citizens. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america -- >> a. hart feldt pledge followed by a certificate of u.s. citizen -- a heartfelt pledge followed by so
of july celebrations. and as we leave you this morning, we are going to take you to afghanistan where the military there is honoring independence day by raising flags and, of course, with the military band. thanks again for joining us and have a happy and safe 4th of july. >>> abc2news.com. [ thinking ] i know -- i'm going to invent a tool where people can enter the terms of the refinance offer they got from their mortgage guy, and know instantly if they're getting bamboozled. and i will start after lunch...tomorrow. don't just think about it. introducing lendingtree's free "look before you lock" tool. enter the terms of your existing loan offer to instantly find out how it compares to other offers, areas you may be overpaying, and even negotiation points to help you get a better deal. only at lendingtree. [ female announcer ] everybody loves that cushiony feeling. uh oh. i gotta go. [ female announcer ] and with charmin ultra soft, you can get that same cushiony feeling you love while still using less. charmin ultra soft has extra cushions that are soft and more absorbent. so you can
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